April 12, 2007

Dog Water Rum and Fruit Juice Review

Dog WaterWe got our bottle of Dog Water a few weeks ago, and while it seems like we've been ignoring it, we've actually got a damn good reason for why the review hasn't gone live yet. Seriously. We do.

The big problem is it polarized the interns we assigned to review it. They tried the Dog Water and began fighting like cats and well...dogs. We usually operate on a consensus basis around here, folding all opinions into one review, but we weren't able to get that close with Dog Water. We guess that's a good thing - if you love it, you love it. In honor of this divide, we're posting our first-ever He Said, She Said review so you can make your own decision.

She Said:
"I think real dog water tastes better...."

Too much alcohol for what it’s mixed with, which I have come to believe is just flavored sugar. Not only is the alcohol too strong but the tanginess of the flavored sugar is the kind that just makes your skin crawl as it goes down. I think adding water might be a good solution but I have not tried it. I think there might still be too much alcohol in it, even if it was to be diluted with water.

I think the water might only bring down the tanginess of the sugar and not so much the alcohol. And I have also come to believe that there might be more than 1 type of alcohol in it. It kind of has a Long Island Ice Tea feel to it with the mixture of different alcohol. Because I have always thought that rum has a very pungent taste/smell and I’m not getting that so much. It’s more a rum/something else not good mixed with flavored sugar - I'd rather drink from my dog's dish.

He Said:
"It's actually pretty good, dog"

OK, I'm just going to respond to [Censored]'s review, point by point. Point one - too much alcohol? There is just absolutely no such thing - maybe the rum flavor was too much for you if you're used to drinking Smirnoff Ice or something, but I actually liked the fact you could taste real, honest to God rum in here. I'm not sure if they're going to market this as an alcopop or a liqueur - if it's going to be an RTD-type drink I think they're bold to use real rum when people are used to their alcopops tasting like sugar water.

As for the tanginess, I can see where she's coming from - whatever the rum's mixed with doesn't taste like any particular juice I've ever had. It's kind of like TANG-iness...it tastes like some kind of reconstituted drink mixed with liquor, but I'm pretty sure that's what they're going for if they're comparing themselves to something called Nutcracker they're probably not looking to hit the frou frou organic juice market.

I actually liked the sour/tanginess myself, and thought it mixed well with the rum flavor, but I do agree with [Censored] that it's a bit more sugary than I might usually like. Definitely drink it ice cold (on the rocks is better) and think back to the days when you were a kid and you'd steal liquor from your parents and mix it with whatever you had - whether it was Gatorade or Koolaid. That's what it made me think of, anyway.

The Verdict:
Well, apparently you either love it or you hate it, and we'd always rather try something others have had a strong reaction to than something that makes them say "I guess it was OK." Big emotions are wrapped around this Dog Water, because of the big flavors in there. We'd also like to mix up a batch of Nutcracker to compare the two - we'll let you know if we get around to it.

Do your own research at the Dog Water Site.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at April 12, 2007 3:26 PM
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